From Dover Street Market’s seasonal changeover to Simone Rocha’s charming ‘wiggle’ earrings, here are the things to indulge in this month
Last month, a selection of pieces from Paco Rabanne’s Pre-Fall 2019 collection arrived at Matches Fashion; now, in Paris, an immersive new exhibition celebrates the collection once again, featuring photographs by David de Beyter, a longtime friend of Paco Rabanne creative director Julien Dossena. The mystical photographs capture pieces from the eclectic collection – itself inspired by “a countryside family house, weekends, the outdoors, dinners and poetry,” as Dossena told AnOther – among the vast, desolate landscapes of northern France. “I decided to put clothes in a sort of fictional context,” De Beyter says. “To put them in improbable situations, to challenge the laws of physics in a way.” The exhibition will include the opportunity to purchase pieces from the collection, and runs until July 12 at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann.
Unexpected accessories have become something of a signature of designer Jonathan Anderson at both eponymous label JW Anderson and Spanish house Loewe (phallic keyrings and elephant-shaped handbags among them). This season’s accessory du jour is the ‘Cap Bag’, a leather handbag in the shape of a baseball cap, with a cross-body leather strap, recently seen at JW Anderson’s Autumn/Winter 2019 show. Find it at the label’s website exclusively this month, before arriving at retailers worldwide from August.
In February, Simone Rocha presented an Autumn/Winter 2019 collection that featured new takes on the much-desired beaded jewellery and hair accessories which have become a signature of the Irish designer. Among the accessories were ‘wiggle’ earrings – coloured beads forming a swirl which dropped down from the lobe – recalling the spirals of artist Louise Bourgeois, who Rocha referenced with prints and shapes throughout the collection. Shop the mesmerising earrings in a variety of colours, including pale pink, blood red and jet black, at Matches Fashion now.
Since founding Chopova Lowena, designers Laura Lowena and Emma Chopova have eschewed the typical runway show in favour of small-run publications as a way to present their seasonal collections. “We can capture the clothes in their own world and communicate what the brand is about. We like that books are longer lasting – they are something you can keep,” Lowena recently explained to AnOther. The latest, celebrating their Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, is a ‘flick’ book, depicting Great Britain’s equestrian vaulting team in action (the collection itself had been inspired by the daring sport). The book – a collaboration between the designers, photographer Charlotte Wales, AnOther’s senior fashion editor Agata Belcen and Dazed’s art director Jamie Andrew Reid – will launch at Matches Fashion’s Mayfair townhouse 5 Carlos Place on July 16, alongside a small selection of pieces from the collection.
WARDROBE.NYC was founded on a simple but desirable proposition: 16 pieces, eight for men, eight for women, updated seasonally and sold in ‘packs’, which together form the basis for an infallible day-to-day wardrobe. Helmed by stylist Christine Centenera and designer Josh Goot, fans will now be able to buy separate pieces from the label’s previous collections via Matches Fashion – including a cropped puffer jacket, leggings and Adidas Yung 1 sneakers – as well as a new collaboration with Levi’s, part of their latest collection Release 04 Denim. That collection will also be available from the WARDROBE.NYC website as four- and eight-piece ‘packs’, including denim skirts, jackets and, of course, jeans. “This is imagined as the absolute essential denim pieces,” says Goot. “Working with Levi’s was awesome. We took some of their iconic shapes, updated them, and combined them with core items that work well with denim.”
With heatwaves sweeping Europe and temperatures in London also creeping upwards, there’s only one truly necessary accessory for the summer: a handheld fan. Fern Fans, the brand helmed by co-creative directors Daisy Hoppen and Amanda Borberg, has just launched its summer collection of handmade birch and cotton fans, with designs spanning colourful stripes and delicate floral motifs.
Twice a year, Dover Street Market briefly closes to entirely transform for the coming season, meaning plenty of new shopping opportunities ahead (the longstanding tradition is aptly titled ‘New Beginnings’). Highlights for A/W19 include a much-anticipated space dedicated to Daniel Lee’s new vision for Bottega Veneta, a collaboration with Gucci, and plenty of newness as labels Supriya Lele, Rokh, and Hiraeth arrive in-store (the latter is an entirely vegan offering from actress Rooney Mara and friends). And, as always, much more beside. The store will be closed on July 11 and 12, before reopening on Saturday 13.
Mesh and PVC come together in Marni’s new handbag, playfully titled the ‘Glossy Grip Bag’. Emblazoned with the Italian house’s logo, the bags and pouches that make up the ‘Glossy Grip’ capsule collection (which also boasts almost-matching ready-to-wear pieces, like shirts and T-shirts) are rendered in mesh striped with greens, blues and reds and covered with transparent PVC – making it the most playful and practical bag you can carry this summer.